Pinellas County Real Estate Information

Situated north of Hillsborough County, Pinellas County is home to over 928,000 people over an area of 608 square miles. While the county seat is Clearwater, the largest city in the county is St. Petersburg. Alongside Hillsborough County, Hernando County, Pinellas County, and Pasco County comprise the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area, more commonly referred to as Tampa Bay. Named for the Spanish Puna Pinal, the county’s name can be translated into English as “Point of Pines” or “Piney Point.” This can easily be correlated with the county’s positioning on the Pinellas Peninsula which divides Tampa Bay from the Gulf of Mexico.

In addition to several unincorporated communities, there are twenty-four primary towns and cities that make up the core of Pinellas County’s commercial and residential areas. Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore, Clearwater, Dunedin, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, Largo, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Oldsmar, Pinellas Park, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Safety Harbor, Seminole, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, and Treasure Island are the primary centers of the county’s comfortable and enjoyable lifestyle.

One of the highlights of Pinellas County is the Pinellas National Wildlife Refuge. The 394-acre refuge was created in 1951 to protect the breeding grounds for colonial bird species. As part of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Complex, the refuge is actually one of three in the Tampa Bay area. The county is served by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority that operates a bus and trolley service that runs to most major malls and employment centers. In total, there are 197 buses and trolleys that operate 43 routes throughout the area. The authority also operates an express route to downtown Tampa.

The county’s youth are well served by the Pinellas County Schools system. Serving about 148,000 students are 13,000 employees spread evenly throughout the system. All pupils are assigned to the most appropriate campus closest to the home. Exemptions from this policy are only made with an application and acceptance to fundamental schools and high schools with academies of excellence. In all, there are twenty-three high schools, twenty-three middle schools, and over a hundred elementary schools.